As Cabana launches an exclusive collaboration with LA-based design studio, Nickey Kehoe, designers and founders, Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe, share a highly curated and personal guide to their favorite Californian city. Read on for Los Angeles' most glamorous restaurants, iconic hotels, greatest antique stores and architectural marvels.
BY TODD NICKEY & AMY KEHOE | 26 OCTOBER 2023
Hollyhock House © Paul Cozzi, courtesy Hollyhock House
Where to Stay
Langham Hotel, Pasadena: In close proximity to the unmissable Huntington Botanical Gardens, the Langham Hotel is beyond luxurious. Think of it as the Pasadena Versailles.
Sunset Tower: This Art Deco landmark delivers old Hollywood glamor and modern comfort in equal measures. Sunset Tower provides easy access to prime Beverly Hills shopping, and the teeming activity of the famed Sunset Strip, but with its upscale on-site offerings, you’ll be equally happy staying put and enjoying your surroundings.
San Vicente Bungalows: By prolific Sunset Tower hotelier Jeff Klein, this beautifully appointed, invitation-only celebrity favorite touts privacy as its most alluring amenity.
Hotel 850: Conveniently located across the street from the San Vicente Bungalows lies the newest addition to Jeff Klein’s group of hotels, Hotel 850. This boutique hotel embodies immaculate detail set in luxury while feeling comfortable and inviting to all.
Chateau Marmont: The legendary LA landmark, Chateau Marmont, is as classic as it gets. With its architecture inspired by a French castle and its guest list ranging from James Dean to Lindsay Lohan, we only wish these walls could talk.
Casa Del Mar: The perfect beach option for those seeking sand and sea. At almost 100 years old, this scenic beachside retreat is a classic for a reason. Come for the stellar location and stay for the elegant accommodations and unbeatable views.
Hollyhock House © Paul Cozzi, courtesy Hollyhock House
What to See & Do
Norton Simon: Open Thursday through Monday and located in beautiful Pasadena, the Norton Simon Museum houses a first-rate private art collection.
Huntington Gardens: Sprawling across a staggering 120 acres, the Huntington Botanical Gardens feature over 83,000 diverse living plants. The grounds are vast and nothing short of magical. Make sure you allow ample time!
Hollyhock House: Designed by the great Frank Lloyd Wright, Hollyhock House was built as a residence for oil heiress, Aline Barnsdall, and now sits within Barnsdall Art Park. Spend an afternoon enjoying a self-guided tour and a picnic in the park.
Griffith Observatory Hike: If you’re willing to break and slather on the SPF, there’s perhaps no daytime activity more LA than a hike through Griffith. On a clear day, the panoramic view from the Observatory is really something to behold.
Bradbury Building & Grand Central Market: Inside the historic, nearly 100-year-old Bradbury Building downtown is Grand Central Market. It houses tons of vendors selling an eye-popping variety of delectable foods. The problem? Deciding what to buy!
Rent bikes along the beach: Trade four wheels for two and rent a bike in Marina Del Rey, to cruise the beach and take in the sea breeze. Just south of this, you’ll find the Ballona Wetlands, a huge and stunning ecological reserve.
Drive to Malibu and stop at The Old Place: No trip to LA is complete without the obligatory drive up the Pacific Coast Highway to coastal, idyllic Malibu. For the full experience, stop off for a meal at The Old Place, a historic former general store that feels right out of an Eastwood Western.
A.O.C Brentwood, Los Angeles © Amy Neunsinger
Where to Eat
Saffy’s: By the husband-and-wife team that generously gave us both Bavel and Bestia, Saffy’s offers Middle Eastern food, fun cocktails, and great atmosphere, whether you’re seated inside or out. The hummus ful and skewers are not to be missed.
Angelini: A casual, family-run Italian destination, Angelini offers the perfect sun-soaked lunch before slipping across the street for a visit to Nickey Kehoe’s LA showroom.
A.O.C: With phenomenal market-driven small plates in a space we’re immensely proud to have designed, women-owned AOC Brentwood serves up casual elegance and a hell of a wine list. Order the Spanish fried chicken – trust us.
Osteria Mozza: From famed James Beard Award-winning chef, Nancy Silverton, comes upscale eatery, Osteria Mozza. Handmade pastas, Italian wines, and inspired desserts make this hotspot a priority for visitors and Angelenos alike.
Queen Street: Set in a former auto service station from the 1940’s, Queen Street serves delicious seafood in a cozy and intimate setting. Styled with antique light fixtures and contemporary accents, this gem looks as good as it tastes.
Found Oyster: A small restaurant with high energy, this 26-seat hidden neighborhood gem is worth the wait: delicious seafood, quality service and outdoor seating.
Sqirl: Popular, minimalist, and packed with fashionable Silverlake diners, Sqirl is known for their farm-to-table food and plethora of homemade jams. They don’t take reservations, but the 'Crispy Disco Bowl' and Ricotta Toast are well worth the wait.
Doen Montecito, Brentwood Country Mart © Nickey Kehoe
Where to Shop
Lost & Found: With locations in both Hollywood and Santa Monica, this boutique offers a sweet selection of clothing and home goods from across the globe.
Noodle Stories: A carefully curated womenswear store with perhaps the cutest name ever, Noodle Stories stocks bold designs with meticulous craftsmanship.
Brentwood Country Mart: The Brentwood Country Mart is an unmissable shopping destination, with stores such as Broken English, Malia Mills and the Nickey Kehoe-designed, Doen. An LA institution since 1948, the barn-like buildings feel rustic and quaint while the high-end brands are anything but.
Counterspace: Located in Silver Lake with an impressive vintage selection, this furniture, home goods, and art store is a worthy stop for any visiting interior lovers.
The Window: A wonderful, not-to-be-missed retail showroom with a vast assortment of vintage art, furniture, lighting and objects.
Commune: Beneath Commune Design’s LA studio space, and near MacArthur Park, lies their retail space, jam-packed full of drool-worthy handmade goods.
Pasadena Antiques and Design: A multi-dealer antique showroom in the heart of Pasadena, this space is a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind vintage and antique goods. Among the sellers is Nickey Kehoe’s own Visual Merchandiser, Gregory Ducharme, a supremely talented curator of vintage finds.
Mr Freedom: Down the road from us at Nickey Kehoe lies Christophe Loiron’s clothing store, Mr Freedom. Here you’ll find vintage finds, as well as quality pieces from Mr Freedom’s own brand.
Good Liver: Reminiscent of a neighborhood general store, this shop feels like a gallery with products as beautiful as they are practical.
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NICKEY KEHOE X CABANA
The Holiday Gift Capsule designed in collaboration with Nickey Kehoe is inspired by vintage papers collected in France by Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe. Each limited edition piece showcases a fusion of cultural heritage, craftsmanship, and artistic inspiration.
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